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Posted on June 8 at 9:57 p.m.
I am willing to bet a huge amount that not one opinion will be changed by these comments. I would be delighted to be proved wrong and if you were on one side of the issue but changed your mind as a result of some comment here or elsewhere please let us all know but I tend to doubt it.
On Guns for Defense
Posted on June 1 at 7:18 a.m.
Don't forget that Attias killed 4 people with a car. I am a strong proponent of gun control but exactly how that is done and what control means is hard to answer. I do believe that ordinary citizens with no criminal or psychiatric history should be allowed some reasonable amount of firearm ownership. Not rockets, bazookas, machine guns, or other devices that are intended for the military. What about semi automatic rifles and pistols? I don't know the answer to that but tend to wonder why ordinary citizens need or even want such devices. A hunting rifle or two, a shotgun and pistol or two seems reasonable but hundreds of rounds of ammunition seems to raise red flags. I am not optimistic that we will solve this problem in part due to its complexity and in part due to the power of the NRA and others who believe in almost unfettered access to powerful weapons.
On [UPDATE] Coroners Remove Three Bodies from Shooter's Apartment
Posted on May 29 at 4:56 p.m.
Sure, move them. Bee colonies are dying. However, just because there have been no aggressive attacks yet doesn't mean they don't pose a threat, especially to an individual with bee sting allergy. Let's hope this bee friendly decision doesn't result in a tragedy down the line.
On Africanized Honeybees Found in Goleta
Posted on May 1 at 4:12 p.m.
Roger is a nice guy but IMHO not terribly bright. Basically he is a North County pro oil pro development supervisor. I will give you 10 to 1 odds that if elected he will vote with the 2 North County supervisors 90% of the time. I also think that any hope of preserving the Gaviota Coast will be destroyed if he is elected. As weak as Janet has been lately in that regard Roger will almost certainly be worse. He trumpets his support for More Mesa and Bishop Ranch but is silent on the Gaviota Coast, and with good reason;if the truth were known he'd lose support.
On The Battle for Santa Barbara's 2nd District
Posted on April 7 at 12:54 p.m.
The problem will only get worse as UCSB expands and expands like a malignant tumor. Other than a police state, which we are to some extent already in, not a whole lot can be done. Raging hormones always trump common sense. When I was that age 50 years ago I didn't have much sense and I still really don't.
On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot
Posted on March 27 at 10:13 a.m.
Off leash dogs will definitley become a problem. I love well behaved dogs but their owners tend to view any restrictions on them as onerous and when nobody is looking they will let their pets run free and chase birds and poop in the bushes. Dogs will be dogs and many of their owners are not terribly concerned with the environment.
On County Parks Re-Affirms Position
Posted on March 4 at 5:46 p.m.
I am not disappointed in the 2 North County Supervisors, they did what they are supposed to do: support any and all development and oppose any and all environmentally benign actions. However I am deeply disappointed in Salud, Janet and Doreen. With friends like them who needs enemies. Not a single one of them could see their way to opposing this project as it is? I am so disgusted!
On The Math on Paradiso del Mare
Posted on March 4 at 5:31 p.m.
I believe women should have the right to choose an abortion during the early phases of pregnancy. If in fact the fetus has a soul and is truly a "person" then: A) The mother should speak for that soul not the government and B) If it is an evil act then let god take care of the consequences. If there really are souls, a god, heaven etc then sending the fetus straight to heaven doesn't seem all that bad, they get to by pass all the suffering that life often entails. In addition the reality of the situation is that we should be putting a lot more resources into to preventing unwanted pregnancies: free birth control, sex education, etc. I also realize that 90% of this sort of conversation is a waste of time; very few people change their minds as a result of what the other side says.
On Pro-Life Movement in America
Posted on January 1 at 8:52 a.m.
I knew Julio personally and I suspect he made some serious errors of judgement but he provided health care to a segment of the population that couldn't get it elsewhere. But the severity of his sentence is absurd. The economic crimes of the big banksters that cause hundreds and thousands of people to lose their entire life savings, homes and lives go largely unpunished other than fines to their companies. This is so typical that the little criminals ( if Dr. Diaz even is a criminal) get hard time and the big boys get off with a warning.
On Dr. Julio 'Candyman' Diaz Faces 200 Years in Prison
Posted on January 1 at 8:46 a.m.
I'm pretty neutral on the condos, WTH let the rich buy'em and spend money here, of course I'm a Noleta guy so every time I go to "the city" it seems like Disneyland to me. I do like the idea of the food market and hope it is not too too chichi.
On Alma del Pueblo Taking Shape